Theologian-in-residence

anna blaedel

Rev. Anna Blaedel is theologian-in-residence at enfleshed. They bring an attentiveness to the intersections of academic, activist, and ecclesial engagement. Through enfleshed’s “moments for common nourishment,” a bi-monthly column, they bridge the forefront of religious scholarship and a passion for reimagining our ordinary, common, messy life as the site of Divine unfolding. Building on their study of theopoetics, relational philosophies of enfleshment, and anti-racist, feminist, queer and eco-theologies of liberation, once a month they will offer words for a sustaining, grounding, and enlivening spirituality in our current context. For the second column of the month, they will facilitate guest scholars, activists, artists, and others to share their own wisdom and nourishment.

Anna also serves as Director of Spiritual Formation and Campus Minister for the University of Iowa Wesley Foundation and is enrolled in a PhD program in Theological and Philosophical Studies at Drew University’s Graduate Division on Religion.

Anna delights in the sacrament of brunch, waking before dawn, strong coffee & dark chocolate (fair trade, please), sharing poetry, good food, and silence with beloveds, and walking in the woods.


Media about Rev. Blaedel 

5/2/2019 – The Daily Iowan
Wesley Center’s openly queer pastor to resign amid church tensions

3/6/2019 – DesMoines Register
Iowa pastor expects to be shut out by United Methodist Church vote to continue LGBTQ ban

4/12/18 – Reconciling Ministries Network

Formal complaints filed against Rev. Blaedel…again.

7/7/2017 – United Methodist New Service

Gay clergywoman’s case heads to top court

5/13/2017 – Salon
War over gay clergy brings a whole religion to “the brink of schism”

5/11/17 – The Washington Times
Campus minister faces church discipline for same-sex wedding

5/10/17 – CBS Iowa
Campus minister faces discipline after officiating same-sex wedding

5/10/17 – Iowa City Press-Citizen
Campus minister at UI facing complaint over officiating same-sex wedding

4/28/17 – ThinkProgress
United Methodist ‘supreme court’ set to rule on fate of first openly gay bishop

12/10/2016 – The Des Moines Register
Basu: Iowa pastor right to force church to confront LGBT issues


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